Holidays in Lostwithiel are guaranteed to be relaxing occasions with the historic town offering plenty to see and do in this tranquil part of Cornwall. The name for the town is derived from the Cornish “lostwydhyel” which translates to the tail of a wooded area. With this name it will come as no surprise that the area is famed for the quality of walks across the surrounding countryside.
Back in the 13th century Lostwithiel was the county’s capital. That honour may now lie with Truro but Lostwithiel is now considered as the antiques capital of Cornwall. As you wander the town centre you’ll be astonished by the number of antique and interior design shops that are found here. Browse these shops and find a rare piece to take home from your Lostwithiel holiday. Amongst the shops you’ll find a number pubs, cafés, and restaurants serving delicious food and drink sourced from local companies.
If you’re a fan of historic buildings then a holiday in Lostwithiel is perfect for you. Many of the buildings in the centre of the town are ancient buildings and there are many more leading off through the narrow alleyways. Standing tall above the town is Restormel Castle that once was the residence of the Earl of Cornwall. In the present day the castle is managed by English Heritage and is a popular spot for picnics. The equally grand Boconnoc House is nearby and tours of both the property and expansive gardens can be arranged. The Tudor Bridge in Lostwithiel is also a local landmark that must be seen during holidays in the region. The town museum building has a historic background itself originally being used as a corn exchange, school-room, butchers, magistrate’s court and jail before housing artefacts of Lostwithiel’s rich past.
During Lostwithiel holidays a gentle stroll alongside the River Fowey is a must. Follow the banks of the River Fowey and you’ll soon come across a number of delightful Cornish town and villages before the river widens and reaches the estuary near Fowey itself. For golf fans why not hit the course at town’s golf course which provides a challenge for all levels of golfer.
The A390 passes the outskirts of Lostwithiel so getting to and from the town is an effortless experience. The great road links mean you’re never far away from a fantastic day out in the region.
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